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 Smokey Bear

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Trivia powered by ABE1) The living symbol of Smokey Bear was an American black bear who in the spring of 1950 was caught in the Capitan Gap fire, a wildfire that burned 17,000 acres in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico. The cub was in the Lincoln National Forest. Smokey had climbed a tree to escape the blaze, but his paws and hind legs had been burned. He was rescued by forest rangers fighting the wildfire. What was his first name?

  • Ranger Teddy
  • Hotfoot Teddy
  • Smokey Bear

2) New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Ranger Ray Bell took him to Santa Fe. His wife, Ruth, and their children, Don and Judy, cared for the cub. The story was picked up by the national news services and Smokey became an instant celebrity. He and the Bells were featured in a magazine cementing his star status.

  • Newsweek
  • US News and World Report
  • Life

3) Smokey was flown in a Piper Cub to Washington, D.C., where he lived for 26 years. Where was his new home?

  • National Zoo
  • Smithsonian Institute
  • US Wildlife Sanctuary

4) Upon his death in November 1975, Smokey's remains were buried at what is now the Smokey Bear Historical Park. Where is the park located?

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Capitan, New Mexico
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

5) Before the real life black bear in 1950, Smokey Bear is a fictional character of the longest running public service campaign in United States history. When did the ad council develop the �Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires� campaign?

  • 1934
  • 1944
  • 1954

6) In a recent study, what percentage of those surveyed could finish the sentence �Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires� when given the first words.

  • 25%
  • 55%
  • 95%

7) In 1952, songwriters Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins had a hit with �Smokey The Bear�. The pair said that "the" was added to Smokey�s name to keep the song's rhythm. This small change has caused confusion among Smokey fans ever since. What is Smokey�s correct name?

  • Smokey the Bear
  • Smokey Bear
  • Only You Smokey

8) Before World War II, forest fire prevention campaigns used colorful posters to bring attention to the problem. During the war, images of the Axis powers of World War II leaders were depicted to drive home the message that forest fires hurt the country�s war effort. Lumber was a critical natural resource needed for the armed forces. In 1942 what characters to appear in fire prevention public service campaigns. However, they were only loaned to the government for a year, so a new symbol was needed.

  • Donald Duck
  • Bambi
  • Bugs Bunny

9) His name was inspired by "Smoky" Joe Martin, fire department hero who shrugged off burns and blindness in a bold 1922 rescue. What city fire department was �Smoky� from?

  • New York Fire Department
  • Washington, DC Fire Department
  • Los Angeles Fire Department

10) What military service refers their refers to the campaign hat drill instructors wear as a Smokey Bear hat.

  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Air Force

Check Your Answers

1) Hotfoot Teddy is correct.

2) Life is correct.

3) National Zoo is correct.

4) Capitan, New Mexico is correct.

5) 1944 is correct.

6) 95% is correct.

7) Smokey Bear is correct.

8) Bambi is correct.

9) New York Fire Department is correct.

10) U.S. Marine Corp is correct.

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